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The Sun: Your Friend or Your Foe?

It’s spring and summer is right around the corner. Time to think about bright sun and long days. If you’re like me, the stay-away-from-the-sun message has begun to sink in. If you’re going outside for a walk, gardening, taking a … Continue reading

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Should You or Shouldn’t You?

It was Shakespeare’s Hamlet who wondered “To be, or not to be”; but in health care, the question is altogether different: It’s “Should I, or shouldn’t I?” That’s because as our diagnostics, treatments, surgeries and medications have gotten more and … Continue reading

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Uninformed Consent

The last time you consented to a procedure, test, or drug, were you told the whole story? Research suggests that you most likely were not. There are a lot of reasons why this happens, but there are some things you … Continue reading

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How Telephone Tag with a Doctor Affected the Metropolitan Opera

There’s a fascinating health story on the front page of the New York Times today. But it isn’t billed as something about healthcare. It’s a story about the possible need for the conductor of the Metropolitan Opera to retire. James … Continue reading

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A Great Cancer Resource

The phone rings. Or your doctor’s office calls and want you to come in right away. Or perhaps someone you know tells you what they’ve just learned.  All of a sudden, you or someone you know or love has cancer. You … Continue reading

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Just Got Bad News? One Word To Get You Better Health Care

When you’ve just heard you have a troubling health condition, there’s one word that will virtually guarantee you better health care: Time. When you’re first dealing with bad news about your health,  unless your situation is immediately life threatening, your … Continue reading

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Dental X-Rays? What a Brain Surgeon Recommends

I have a common sense approach to the dentist. Since teeth don’t heal themselves, it seems smart to do all you can to catch problems early. So I  have a cleaning and check-up every six months, and once a year, … Continue reading

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Four Things to Say at Your First Visit with a New Doctor

It’s always a little awkward getting to know a new physician. After the first hellos, and before the examination begins, it’s smart to set the stage for an effective relationship. Physicians can’t read your mind. They don’t know what role you’d … Continue reading

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5 Things to Know Before Making Healthcare Decisions

Do you really feel prepared to make most healthcare decisions for yourself or your family? Maybe you expect your healthcare providers will tell you whatever it is you need to know. Or it could be that your physician is  underestimating … Continue reading

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5 Ways to Ask Your Doctor Better Questions

I hear it every day: “How can I possibly challenge my doctor when I’m not a physician? What do I know anyway?” No matter what your educational background, economic situation or personality, it’s very common  to feel unsure about questioning … Continue reading

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